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Two men sentenced to life sentences and more after community ID killers

Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby

Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s says Carrdai Butler was sentenced to two consecutive Life sentences, for a total sentence of Life plus Life plus thirty five years behind bars.  His co-conspirator, Ivan Johnson, was sentenced to two life terms to run concurrent, for a total sentence of double life, plus twenty five years in prison. 

Both men were convicted of first degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence. Butler was also convicted of being a felon in possession of a handgun.

Assistant State’s Attorneys Rita Wisthoff-Ito and Alexander Rothstein prosecuted the case.

Prosecutors said on September 14, 2016 at approximately 9:00 p.m., police responded to the 300 block of East Lanvale Street on a call for a shooting. Once on the scene, officers found Amoni Grossman lying at the mouth of an alley suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his body and head. The victim was transported to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

Through their investigation, Baltimore Police detectives uncovered video footage that showed Grossman meeting up with Butler and Johnson in the 300 block of East Lafayette Street. Video captured the three men walking and talking as they headed toward the area where Grossman was eventually murdered.

Detectives learned from witnesses that Butler pulled out a handgun and shot Grossman multiple times. Witnesses identified both defendants through photo array.

“The community broke this case and delivered justice to Mr. Grossman’s family, and for that they should be commended,” said Mosby. “This is why it is so important to build strong, positive relationships with City residents that is built on trust, so they can see the impact we all can play in the deliverance of justice.”